18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

This is the famous zip sauce that goes with steak served locally in Detroit. It really brings out the best in beef, and adds a spicy punch to the flavor.

Kim
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, parsley flakes and salt. Mix in the mustard, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Warm gently for about a minute. Mix equal parts of the sauce with beef steak drippings to complete the sauce just before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

79 calories; 6.3 g total fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 415 mg sodium. 1.4 g carbohydrates; 4.3 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2006
It's a steak sauce it's a mult-purpose marinade. It's a varnish stripper. It's everything real men demand of an industrial steak sauce. Forget A-1. This is the real thing. Warning: zip sauce needs to be used only by real men and real women. If you're in doubt about what side of the fence you're on you're in for a rough ride with this sauce. This is not something you want to just pour on your polite little ribeye. It will refuse to be placed on anything less than a 1.25" thick strip sirloin-- butcher shop stuff-- forget Kroger. Whatever you do do not put a California freakin' vegetable medley anywhere near this sauce. It'll chase it off the plate and then turn around and come after you. About the only thing it will tolerate on the same plate is a baked Idaho potato. A wine selection: screw the wine. This sauce demands Scotch neat. Although I have heard of some folks doing this sauce with a stiff Manhattan. Make sure you do two good ones while the steak is grilling and then gun down the third before your first bite. You'll be channeling Hunter S. Thompson and Rodney Dangerfield before you wrestle the dog for the last scrap of fat. After you pick yourself off the floor THEN you can talk about wine. Afterwards sweep the dishes off the table and grab your partner by the hair and show her what real men and real women do. She'll understand and be ready.
(84)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/14/2008
I've tried this recipe several times with no luck of it turning remotely similar to the famous zip sauces at the Detroit restuarants (Lelli's Andiamo Rochester Chop House Red Coat etc). I do have a friend who worked at 2 of the restuarants that serve the zip sause and he WILL NOT give out the recipe but he will make it at home when entertaining. The closest thing I've come to is actually buying the pre packaged Zip Sauce at the local Grocer you can find it at many of the small Detroit Grocer's mine Fresh Approach in Royal Oak. Although there are different versions of the recipe one is gravy like and the other isn't I perfer mine the thicker gravy like version I will add Wondra flour mixed with water to the Zip Sauce I bought and mix until desired consistency.
(7)
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2006
It's a steak sauce it's a mult-purpose marinade. It's a varnish stripper. It's everything real men demand of an industrial steak sauce. Forget A-1. This is the real thing. Warning: zip sauce needs to be used only by real men and real women. If you're in doubt about what side of the fence you're on you're in for a rough ride with this sauce. This is not something you want to just pour on your polite little ribeye. It will refuse to be placed on anything less than a 1.25" thick strip sirloin-- butcher shop stuff-- forget Kroger. Whatever you do do not put a California freakin' vegetable medley anywhere near this sauce. It'll chase it off the plate and then turn around and come after you. About the only thing it will tolerate on the same plate is a baked Idaho potato. A wine selection: screw the wine. This sauce demands Scotch neat. Although I have heard of some folks doing this sauce with a stiff Manhattan. Make sure you do two good ones while the steak is grilling and then gun down the third before your first bite. You'll be channeling Hunter S. Thompson and Rodney Dangerfield before you wrestle the dog for the last scrap of fat. After you pick yourself off the floor THEN you can talk about wine. Afterwards sweep the dishes off the table and grab your partner by the hair and show her what real men and real women do. She'll understand and be ready.
(84)
Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2007
Although tasty this isn't the closely guarded recipe for zip sauce. I managed an Italian restaurant that served it and have had zip sauce at other Detroit area stores and it never had all these herbs and spices. As I said the zip sauce recipe is closely guarded so I don't have it but it tastes more like a reduced beef broth butter and soy sauce combination.
(30)
Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2003
Nice flavor. I adapted the recipe a bit in order to make it into a gravy and I had to use beef bouillon granules because I didn't have any drippings. Despite those changes it still turned out quite well!
(23)
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Rating: 1 stars
07/14/2008
I've tried this recipe several times with no luck of it turning remotely similar to the famous zip sauces at the Detroit restuarants (Lelli's Andiamo Rochester Chop House Red Coat etc). I do have a friend who worked at 2 of the restuarants that serve the zip sause and he WILL NOT give out the recipe but he will make it at home when entertaining. The closest thing I've come to is actually buying the pre packaged Zip Sauce at the local Grocer you can find it at many of the small Detroit Grocer's mine Fresh Approach in Royal Oak. Although there are different versions of the recipe one is gravy like and the other isn't I perfer mine the thicker gravy like version I will add Wondra flour mixed with water to the Zip Sauce I bought and mix until desired consistency.
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2008
The only recipe I know of for Zip sauce is clarified butter garlic powder (or finely chopped garlic) and Maggi Sauce. It is not overpowering - it only enhances the taste of the steak!!
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2006
I love the restaurant that serves this zip sauce & have been trying to duplicate it for a while. This is the closest Ive come! Its missing something from the original but this is a very yummy version!
(6)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2006
Really really good. I put 1/2 tsp of salt instead of a full tsp. And I use olive oil a little water instead of beef drippings - it's very good like this too.
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
07/26/2007
The sauce is pretty good but not quite the real thing. I actually work at that little Italian restaurant and love love love their zip sauce. This was close but there was some sort of spice/taste that was too strong.
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2006
So tasty.. Even my husband liked this and he is a finicky eater..
(3)